Agrobiosecurity and You: Topic of scientific meeting in Seattle

October 27, 2004

MADISON, WI -- Don't miss an exciting opportunity to learn about agriculture-related biosecurity issues in the U.S., and their impact on current research, information exchange, and even their impact on visa restrictions for foreign scientists. The symposium "Agrobiosecurity and You," will be held Monday, Nov. 1, from 12:55 to 3:10 pm in Grand Ballroom C of the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle as part of the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

The Symposium will bring together five distinguished panelists, representing various organizations, presenting the following:

"Defense of United States Agriculture and Food," John Hoffman, representing the Department of Homeland Security

"Information Exchange Between Government, Industry and Academia in the Era of al Qaeda," Robert Norton, Auburn Univ., representing the Federation of Animal Science Societies

"Agricultural Biosecurity: The Mission of the National Plant Diagnostic Network," James Stack, Kansas State Univ., representing the National Plant Diagnostic Network

"The Roles of Professional Societies in U.S. Plant Biosecurity," Jacqueline Fletcher, Oklahoma State Univ., representing the American Phytopathological Society

"Biosecurity: A Perspective from the American Society for Microbiology," Anne Vidaver, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, representing the American Society for Microbiology

The role of researchers in the nation's response to threats will also be discussed. Presiding over the symposium is Harold Balbach of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

The Annual Meetings of the three Societies will be held Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, WA, under the theme, "Science to Secure Food and the Environment." Over 2,000 scientific papers and posters will be presented. More than 4,000 delegates from 100 countries are expected to be in attendance. These include scientists, researchers, academia, extension agents and students. Featured scientific topics include:
  • Farming for More Nutritious Foods
  • Genomics and Plant Breeding
  • Plant Diversity
  • Fertilizing Crops
  • Precision Conservation, Precision Agriculture
  • International Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals and Hormones in the Environment
  • Conservation Agriculture
  • Soils and Wetland Assessment & Management
  • Grazinglands: Research and Education

    The searchable schedule for presentations of the scientific papers are available online as part of the Annual Meetings Program Book, searchable by author, title, university/institution/agency, keyword, day and time. The Program Book is available at:
    The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) are educational organizations helping members advance the discipline and practice of agronomy, crop and soil sciences by supporting professional growth and science policy initiatives, and by providing quality, research-based publications and a variety of member services.

    Media representatives and public information officers can receive complimentary registration for access to presentations and the Press Room. Please present your press credentials (a business card or other documentation) during the meetings to the Registration Desk in the South Lobby of the Convention Center, fourth floor.

    A Press Room will be located as part of the Career Placement Center at the Convention Center, Ballroom 6C. For an abstract CD of the presentations, interviews with Annual Meeting presenters, and/or press releases of the sessions, contact Sara Uttech 608-268-4948, or during the meetings at 206-219-4755. Also available to members of the media/public information officers is online access to the Annual Meetings' abstracts. To receive your name and password to access this searchable resource, contact Sara Uttech.

    American Society of Agronomy

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